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seasonal pumpkin and sage risotto

by Jackie Newgent  |  November 3, 2014  |  2 Comments
Risotto is a comfort food that I adore—especially as the weather turns colder. But whole grain risotto is not easily found on restaurant menus. So this is one dish I prefer to make at home. Since traditional preparation of risotto can take a bit of time and patience, I’m sharing with you my cheater’s version! Simply use short grain brown rice for an excellent risotto-style entrée that’s easier and more intriguing than the conventional version. Luckily, this kind of cheating is a good thing! The short grain rice provides a perfectly sticky texture that’s ideal for risotto making. Here, I’ve gone seasonal and used fresh pumpkin and sage. Creaminess and tang is provided by yogurt and just the right amount...
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cara cara pilaf with almonds & pistachios

by Jackie Newgent  |  December 23, 2012  |  0 Comments
(Click on photo for full-size image!) Makes 2 servings: 3/4 rounded cup each Some people might be surprised to hear that I approve of culinary shortcuts … at least on occasion! However, I am particular about what those quick picks are. For me, it still needs to be 100% natural. One fast fix that I’m a fan of is 90-second brown rice. That sure beats the 50 minutes that this whole grain food usually takes. But then I take this fast side and stir simple yet lovely accents into it. Here, it makes it seem like you spent an hour preparing an enticing dish, not just a few minutes! The Cara Cara, which is also known as a red navel...
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